A SICKENING SIGHT

Cian Caroll

Reporter:

Cian Caroll

Real Betis' Paulao was racially abused by his own supporters after getting a red card against Sevilla on Saturday
As I sat at home Sunday evening watching the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, a sickening sight came across my television screen.

As I sat at home Sunday evening watching the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, a sickening sight came across my television screen.

Real Betis player Paulao had just been sent off and as the Brazilian player walked from the field, the cameras panned across to the fans just at the same moment they began monkey chanting - at their own player.

It’s not necessarily the knowledge that football supporters in Spain still do this - because it’s still quite prevalent - but it’s the fact that it was so blatantly obvious and in-your-face racism.

It’s mind-bogglingly difficult to understand how Spain - as a nation - can be so far ahead of the UK and Ireland in footballing terms and so far behind us in human values.

This is no footballing backwater we’re talking about, either. This is one of the major footballing nations and it’s happening regularly. Pull your finger out, FIFA.